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The lovely mid-summer events in the village are in full swing, as we go to print we’ve just enjoyed FieldFest, the St Peter’s music and food festival, a very successful Church Fete, a hugely popular Gardens and Arts and we’re about to enjoy the Local Interest Henfield Summer Fayre. But it doesn’t stop there... Tottington Woodlanders Tottington Woodlanders are celebrating 25 years of conservation work in their woodland in Small Dole with a Heavy Horse and Woodland Craft Day. Local Interest If the weather holds it’ll be a super day, see more information on page 24. HART responders Some lovely news from HART, our village responders; after a dramatic call out in June they saved the life of a young man from drowning. We are very proud of our first responders and village Local Interest Firefighters, they really make a difference, this David Sayers time we’re lucky to be able to tell you all about their efforts and why your generous donations are actually saving lives. Local Interest Our congratulations go to David Sayers, who you St Peter’s School at the may recognise from his work at the Evangelical Free Church. David has been awarded the British Henfield Haven Empire Medal for his volunteer work, read about it on page 31. If your club or group would benefit from a free Local Interest listing on our website Rainbows please contact us, we currently have over 1,000 events listed on the diary pages, so please take a look if you’re at a loose end this summer! We’ve had an incredible summer with glorious Local Interest sunshine and we hope it holds for August when Rainbows the children are on holiday. Have fun! from the BN5 area

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Membership £5, then £2 per New members most welcome. session. Contact 01273 493403. Vivace! Choir

Toddler Group

Tuesday 1

Henfield Garden Club

Car Outing, all day For details contact Julia Simpson, 01273 493900. As part of National Gardens open for Charity. Morning; Jacaranda, Ifold, afternoon; Saffron Gate, Alfold.

Action for Deafness

Fulking Village Hall, 10-11.30am (& every Weds) Runs throughout the year, suitable for toddlers. Older siblings welcome during the holidays. Play, sing and have refreshments. Suggested donation £1.

Unitarian Church Meeting House, Ditchling, 7.30pm (& every Weds) Lively, fun, small mixed choir who sing for charities.

Thursday 3 Rhyme Time

Henfield Byways

Henfield Library, 10.15-10.45am (& every Thurs) Fun with music for pre-schoolers.

The Book Nook

Thursday Club

Carers’ Support Group

Henfield Children’s Centre

Audiology Centre, Henfield Haven, 10am-12pm (& every Tues) Drop-in hearing aid maintenance service.

Henfield Library for start, 10am (16th & 30th) Henfield Unattached 2-3 miles. No dogs. All welcome, White Hart, 11am (& every 1st Thurs) sociable, led by trained volunteers. For those who are alone. Enquiries No need to book. 01273 495820 or just drop-in.

Steyning Health Centre for start, 11am (& 14th) 2 mile stroll. All welcome, sociable, led by trained volunteers. No need to book.

The Chapel, 10am-11.30am (& every Weds) Books, CDs, and DVDs. All proceeds to St Andrew’s church, Edburton.

Steyning 2 Mile Stroll

Exercise Class

Evangelical Free Church Hall, 10.30am–12pm (& every 1st Weds) Friendly carers group for information, support and to meet other carers.

Henfield Haven, 11am-12pm (& every Tues)

Knit and Natter

Henfield Haven, 11.45am-3.45pm (& every Thurs) Spend the day or drop in for an activity. See Haven programme for full details. Evangelical Free Church Hall, 12pm (& every Thurs) Toy library, information and craft activities. Parents and carers must attend.

Henfield Library, 2-4pm (& every 1st Tues) Art with a Difference Come along with knitting, Girls Football Training crocheting, quilting etc. Chat and Kings Field, 6–7pm (& every Weds) Sobell Court Lounge, 2.30-5pm work together. Sessions open to all primary (& every Thurs) age girls. Contact Donna 07585 All materials provided. Henfield Parish Council 308414. Meeting

Henfield Joggers

Henfield Hall, Garden Room, 7pm (& every 1st Tues)

Steyning & Henfield Rotary

Castle Inn, Bramber, 7.15– Henfield Leisure Centre, 7pm (& 9.45pm (& every Thurs) every Weds) All welcome to this convivial Open to all. See www. organisation.

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Henfield Computer Club

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AUGUST 2017 | What’s on (& every Fri) 6 miles, no dogs. All welcome, Also our famous tea tent for Any adult who wants to play sociable, led by trained volunteers. refreshments and delicious homemade cakes. welcome. Drop in group. Contact No need to book. 07773 383125. U3A Mah Jong Group I DRIVE U Charity Event

Henfield Short Mat Bowls Henfield Hall, 10am-12pm (& every Fri) New members welcome.

Little Fishes

St Peter’s Church, 2-3pm (every Fri) Pre-school children and carers.

Boards & Banter

Henfield Library, 2-4pm (& every 1st Fri) Board games, jigsaws and refreshments.

Age UK Horsham Community Friday

Lavinia House, Dukes Square, Horsham, 4.30-7.45pm (& every Fri) Giving those over the age of 50 a chance to learn new skills. Contact 01403 751327.

Steyning Jazz Club

Steyning Centre, 8.30–11pm (& every 1st Fri) The Sussex Jazz Kings.

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The Loxwood Joust

Henfield Haven Café, 2pm (& 16th, 23rd)

George & Dragon, Shipley, 5–11.45pm Henfield Flower Club Swing & Jazz singer Duncan Allen, plus BBQ, raffle, open mic, Henfield Hall, 2.15pm Tones of Autumn. In House team quiz, face painting, Gladiator Workshop. Visitors welcome, type Beam game from Flip Out of Chichester and Harley Davidsons limited to 3 times in any year. from the Hoggs Back Chapter. To Woodmancote Parish raise funds for the Kent, Surrey & Council Meeting Sussex Air Ambulance. Woodmancote Village Hall, 7.30pm (& every 2nd Tue)

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Henfield Half Marathon

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Henfield Leisure Centre, 10.30am-1.30pm This event is in conjunction with and organised by Henfield Leisure Centre, and is a trail Half Marathon along a scenic road course along riverbanks and a disused railway, with flint paths & stiles.

British Legion Meeting

Henfield Haven, 12.30pm (&every 2nd Sun) Jointly organised by St Peter’s Church and the Haven. Call 01273 494747 to book. All welcome.

White Hart, 8.30pm (& 22nd) In aid of Henfield Area Response Team (HART). Teams of up to six. Cash prize for winners. Call to reserve table.

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Lounge, Rayner Court, 10.30am12pm (& every 2nd Weds) We knit gift items and children’s clothes for various charities. Donated wool appreciated.

Community Sunday Lunch

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Henfield Club, BN5 9HD, 7.30pm Loxwood Meadow, 10am–6pm (& All welcome. Enquiries 07584 Trefoil Guild 6th, 12th, 13th) 473889. Henfield Guide Hut, 7.30pm (& A medieval festival suitable for the every 3rd Tues) whole family. Open to anyone over 18. Indian Summer Bazaar Partridge Green Flower

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Partridge Green Village Hall, 2pm Organised by Partridge Green Horticultural Society. Staging from 9.30-10.55am for judging at 11am. Show opens to the public at 2pm.

Sunday 6

Partridge Green Netball Club

Henfield Leisure Centre, 5-6pm (& every Sun)

Monday 7

Henfield Badminton Club Henfield Hall, 7.30-9.30pm (& every Mon) New members welcome.

Tuesday 8

Henfield Walk

Cricket Pavilion for start, 10am

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Garden Room Henfield Hall, 10am-12pm (& every 2nd Fri) A talk by Pam Goodall on ‘Riding it Out’ a grown up gap year. New members welcome.

Saturday 12

Steyning/Wiston Walk

Cricket Pavilion for start, 9–10.15am Downland dog walk. 2 miles. All welcome, sociable, led by trained volunteers. No need to book.

Small Dole Summer Show

Bats, Glow Worms & Meteors

Downs Link Car Park, 8–10pm An exciting evening looking at wildlife, astronomy and local history. Wear suitable footwear/ clothing and bring a torch. There are a couple of stiles and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Wednesday 16

St Barnabas Outreach

Henfield Hall Car Park, 10am-2pm The aim of this project is to improve the way people access information and support related to ill health, end of life issues, life limiting illnesses and wellbeing.

Mackley’s Sports Field, 1.30pm A traditional village show featuring flowers, plants, Bereavement Support vegetables, cookery, needlework, Henfield Haven Café, 4.15photography, arts and crafts. 5.15pm (& every 3rd Thurs)

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Non-religious group supporting local people who have lost a loved one. Contact St Peter’s Church Shipley History Society Sullington Manor Farm for start, Office 01273 495532. 6pm Guided tour including St Mary’s Messy Church Saxon Church. Please sign up advance, Shipley.history. Fulking Village Hall, 4.30-6pm (& in or ring every 3rd Fri) Crafts, stories from the Bible and Jean Wright on 01403 741986. a delicious supper. Call Chris Members free, guests £3. 01273 857322.

White Hart, 3pm

Windmill Inn for start, 6.45pm Garden Talk 5 miles, no dogs. Park on Sussex Prairies, 11am-12.30pm Littleworth Lane. All welcome, Talk by Juliet Sargeant. sociable, led by trained volunteers. Beer Festival No need to book. The Cat & Canary (& until 28th) Friends of St Peter’s

Henfield Hall, 2pm In aid of Partridge Green Area Response Team (PART). To donate jumble call 01403 713383, or deliver to hall morning of 2 September.

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Partridge Green Walk

Summer Social

Garden Room Henfield Hall, 7pm A splendid buffet. Tickets £15 from Village Care or 01273 492294. Tickets cannot be bought on the door. All welcome but book early, the sixty places disappear fast!

Saturday 19

Logging and Woodland Crafts Day

Tottington Woods, 11am–4pm Celebrating 25 years looking after Tottington Woods. See Article.

Ashington Gardening Club Annual Show

Ashington Centre, 2–5pm There are 130 classes available to enter ranging from vegetables, flowers, baking, handicraft, art and children’s classes. Contact Show Secretary, 01403 617554.

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Hampton Court Kitchen

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Chanctonbury Walk

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Maidment Court, 2pm (& every last Thurs) For those with sight problems. Occasional speakers, games, quizzes and refreshments.

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Fair Washington South Downs Way Car Park, 10am Sussex Prairies, 11am-5pm 5 miles, 2½ hours. All welcome, BP Guild Senior Citizens sociable, led by trained volunteers. Outing No need to book. Various pick-up points, 12–8pm Garden Party for Dementia BP Guild’s Senior Citizens Sufferers mystery tour and dinner. Reserve a place at Hamfelds or call Neil, Trenchmore, 3–5pm Open garden party with live 01273 491074. music, tea and delicious cakes. Especially for people with dementia, their families and Hurstpierpoint Singers friends. There is no charge. Please Cuckfield Road Methodist call to confirm if the sun isn’t Church, 7.30pm (& every Mon) shining, 07711 698279 or 01403 It’s the start of our new term and 864419. we’d love to see you. We’ve an exciting and enjoyable programme to prepare for the Christmas NGS Open Garden Concert on Sunday December 10th at the Hurst Village Centre. Sussex Prairies, 11am-5pm Enquiries to 01273 831801. Jazz in the Garden

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News | AUGUST 2017 play safely outside while we enjoy our coffees and lunch.” For further information please contact Michelle Taylor on 07928 529783. Michelle Taylor We are pleased to report that since the Facebook appeal for funds for the playhouse, the target has been met and the new playhouse is about to be purchased. More news in September BN5. Editor


HENFIELD MUMS FUNDRAISE FOR A PLAYHOUSE AT THE HAVEN A group of Henfield mums have launched their fundraising effort to purchase a wooden playhouse for the garden at The Haven. The Haven is very much a community centre aimed for everyone, and owned by the community. The centre is run by Impact Initiatives who provide specialist support and tailored activities during the week. But it also has a fantastic café with a regularly changing menu, gardens and babychange facilities. The group of mums, Kate Wilson, Rebecca Devlin and Michelle Taylor have approached the Community Interest Company who set up the centre, and Impact Initiatives, and have gained their support to install a small wooden playhouse in the garden. The playhouse will be called ‘Mini Haven’ and will give smaller children a specific space to play in when mums and carers visit the centre. The extra custom at the café will in turn help to support the success of the centre which has been open for 18 months. Rebecca said: “The Haven is such a great place to visit, especially for those who have small ones in pushchairs because there is lots of space to park them. There is plenty of outdoor seating in the lovely enclosed garden which means children can

West Chiltington and Billingshurst residents are worried that they are being kept in the dark about local plans to acidize/frack the area in the quest for oil and gas. They have concerns as to how it will affect them, pending further applications by UK Oil and Gas Oil (UKOG) to ‘acidise’ at the site of the Broadford Bridge drill pad. At a recent public meeting organised by Broadford Bridge Action Group, it was clear, from both the experts who spoke and local residents, that many vital questions remain unanswered about risks of water, land and air pollution. In addition, concerns were raised about the ability of the Environment Agency to provide enough resource to ensure safety, the lack of an emergency plan in case of accident and the apparent lack of an insurance bond by UKOG to mitigate against anything going wrong on the site. Despite the offer of invitation to the meeting UKOG had declined to attend. The communities around the Broadford Bridge site are not scaremongers. They, like us, are ordinary folk who are concerned for the future of our water supplies, our wildlife, our local tourism, our fishing, our farms and property prices if this industrialisation is allowed to go ahead across the Weald. This is an issue of high public concern. To support our neighbouring communities, go to the Broadford Bridge Action Group Facebook page or Henfield Against Fracking for updates on how to oppose the drilling. Elizabeth Ross-Talbot

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JOLESFIELD COMMUNITY CHOIR SING THE PRAIRIES The Jolesfield Community Choir had a wonderful afternoon singing with a fabulous band – Taylor Maid – at the Sussex Prairie Garden, on a sunny June Sunday. Our repertoire includes a mix of classical, pop and traditional music, from John Rutter to Super Trooper – hopefully the audience enjoyed it! We are looking for new members, so if you love singing like we do, why not join us? The choir meets every Wednesday (school term time only) from 7 - 8.15pm, at Jolesfield School, Partridge Green. You’ll get a warm welcome and a varied range of music to enjoy. You don’t need to be able to read music, and we don’t have auditions, just come along and join us! For more information, contact or visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook. com/JolesfieldCommunityChoir/ Pip Evan-Cook

to keep this community asset thriving over the years. We hope someone can be found to replace us, we are well-aware of changes to the Post Office nationally and that several other local Post Offices are facing similar problems. Henfield Post Office is a great business and we hope someone will recognise this and show an interest, we’d be happy to speak with anyone who would like more information.” There are enormous pressures in running a successful Post Office, things have changed over the years and many traditional counter services are now online. These ‘conveniences’ result in difficult changes to the face of our High Street. At BN5 we would encourage you all to show your support to Paul and Gail, who have worked incredibly hard for the village, especially as many of the services they offer give them little or no revenue. They go above and beyond, especially the advice and care for many elderly and vulnerable; the loss to the village would be incalculable if their search for a replacement were not successful. We also wish them well in their new ventures. If you are interested in this business and community opportunity please speak with either Paul or Gail at the Post Office, or call them on 01273 492005 Emma Osman

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HENFIELD POST OFFICE: AN UPDATE You may have noticed the ‘For Sale’ sign above Henfield Post Office and be aware that Paul and Gail Way are looking to retire as Postmasters in the very near future. Henfield Post Office, along with several other Post Offices in the area, has been on the market for over a year, but as yet no interested parties have come forward. Paul and Gail are working hard to find a replacement and are endeavouring to do all they can to keep postal services in the village. They are very aware of the importance of the service, their quest to find a replacement is even more pertinent in light of dwindling banking services in the village. Post Office Ltd are working closely with them to market the business, and if this is not successful, will seek a temporary Postmaster. They are also approaching other possible venues in the village if no replacement can be found. Please bear with them all while they pursue these various avenues. Paul said; “After 17 years at Henfield we are ready to call it a day, this is a very difficult decision but it’s the right time for us and we have worked hard

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HENFIELD LIONS CLUB CENTENARY On Saturday 17 June, Henfield Lions Club celebrated the Lions International Centenary by hosting, in conjunction with the Haven, 100 creams teas for the elderly residents of Henfield. The afternoon was a huge success and I’m sure all the residents enjoyed the occasion. They were treated to afternoon tea and homemade scones with cream and jam. We didn’t quite achieve 100 people attending but 93 wasn’t bad. The Lions provided transport for those who needed it and our thanks go to the Haven for providing the venue and serving wonderful tea and scones. David Pryor

UPDATE ON PARKING FROM HORSHAM DISTRICT COUNCIL & WEST SUSSEX COUNTY COUNCIL Following numerous complaints about parking, inconsiderate driving and speeding, we decided to approach Horsham District Council and West Sussex County Council on behalf of Henfield residents. HDC have advised us that Parking Enforcement Supervisors will be increasing their visits to Henfield to monitor the parking situation. They have informed us, however, that whilst they endeavour to regularly patrol all of Horsham, due to stretched resources, they may not always be able to meet everyone’s expectations. WSCC assured us that the re painting of the double yellow lines in Henfield to make them more obvious has been logged with their Signs and Lines department. They await instruction from the Roads Team regarding a schedule. If vehicles are causing an obstruction or speeding, they suggest that residents refer this to the police on the 101 non- emergency number. Should you have any queries regarding the new car parks or overspill please email parking@ or alternatively, for general information on parking please refer to the parking 1 4 | B N 5 M A GA ZINE

The Henfield Community Partnership will be holding its 12th Annual General Meeting at 7 pm on Thursday 14 September 2017 in the Committee Room at Henfield Hall. At the meeting, the Directors will report on what has been achieved in the year ending 31 March 2017, and there will be elections to the Board and Management Committee. The partnership is always looking for new faces to serve on the Committee and if you are interested or would like to find out more please contact the Chairman Carol Eastwood either by email, or telephone 01273 493144 before 24 August. Membership of the Partnership is free and individuals can sign up to join at any time. You can find out more about the Partnership at Attendance at the AGM is open to anyone in the village interested in our aim to help make Henfield a better place to live and work. If being a Committee Member is not for you, you can still help us with any of our many projects, so why not put 14th September in your diary now. Anthony Druce

DEFIBRILLATOR FOR THE BULL HART recently presented The Bull Inn with a defibrillator which was purchased with the generous donations from The Bull Inn customers. It was the site of the youngest survivor from cardiac arrest attended by the HART team, only 21 years of age. David Jones from Cardiac Science who make the defibrillators was at the presentation. Dave Fletcher, HART For more news go to...

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ST BARNABAS HOUSE - 100 MILE CHALLENGE – OCTOBER 2017 Having recently joined the Henfield Friends of St Barnabas House, I have set myself a target of raising £2,240 by July 2018. I am planning several fundraising events, the first of which is a 100 mile trek across the eastern section of the Coast to Coast footpath. Averaging 15 miles a day, I hope to walk from Keld in the Yorkshire Dales, across the North Yorkshire Moors and finish on the coast at Robin Hood’s Bay. I retired from teaching 10 years ago and has kept fit through regular activities such as running, cycling and long walks with the dogs. Over the last 7 years you may have seen me dashing around Henfield in his white van delivering medicines for the local pharmacy. This is a rewarding and physically active job which involves helping those people in the community who from time to time need a little assistance. St Barnabas House in Worthing provides incredible care for hundreds of people, both within the hospice and in the local community. I would be most grateful and appreciative for any donations you are able to give in my bid to raise much needed funds for the continued work of St Barnabas. If you would like to support me, please visit my JustGiving page: or sponsor forms can be found at The Henfield Medical Centre. Steve Parnell

indicated their support for the Hall to be saved for continuing use by the local community. Others have already given indications of financial support. In order to make best use of this level of support, the Trustees have joined AirS (Action in Rural Sussex). AirS are an independent charity who have a Village Hall & Community Buildings Advisory Service dedicated to assisting with the running, management and fund Raising for Village Halls. In all these areas they are able to give essential practical information. To move forward with the proposed refurbishment of the Hall, the Trustees are holding a meeting at the Hall, on Monday 4 September at 7.30 pm which will be addressed, amongst others, by Louise Beaton who is the Head of the Advisory Service. The agenda for the meeting will include background information on the forthcoming closure of the Parish Hall, options for the future and possible costs. We will discuss steps to funding renovations and improvements, or an alternative proposal. There will be the opportunity for questions and discussion as well as the formation of a Steering Group. Do please come, on the 4 September, and ensure our Hall has a future. Richard Hill

DOES WOODMANCOTE PARISH HALL HAVE A FUTURE? All residents living in the Parish of Woodmancote will have received the circular relating to the Parish Hall, delivered with the invitation to vote in the Neighbourhood Plan. The proposal to close the Hall for major repair and refurbishment on the 1 October 2017 is, therefore, well known. Over one hundred local members of the parish have

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HENFIELD CAMERA CLUB On 9 June, the majority of Henfield Camera Club members visited Sussex Prairie Garden in Henfield, for a special evening opening. Pauline Mc Bride met club members on arrival and gave a short talk about how the garden was created and its history. After Pauline’s introductory talk, members were able to enjoy photographing the garden. It was a perfect summer evening and it is hoped that, later in the year, club members will hold a small exhibition in Henfield Village to display their photographs. Jackie Harford

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The collateral effect of the new car parking scheme in Henfield, featured in the July Issue of BN5 (See News, Empty Henfield Car Parks), is by no means confined to those living in Furners Mead. Similar behaviour can be seen in Hewitts, a road so narrow that a vehicle parked on the other side of the road can make it impossible to get your car out of your own driveway. I’m not sure any conclusions can be drawn about the demographics of those parking their cars here, but there are certainly occasions when, apart from inconvenience to residents, a large vehicle, such as a fire appliance, would find through passage impossible. Concerned Resident, Hewitts

HURSTPIERPOINT SINGERS The Hurst Singers will be starting off their new term on Monday 4 September, and we’d love to see you at the practice at Cuckfield Road Methodist Church at 7.30pm. We’ve got an exciting and enjoyable programme to prepare for the Christmas Concert on Sunday 10 December at the Hurst Village Centre, with our usual blend of old and new music as well as some traditional carols. We’re a friendly group and if you can hold a tune, then we’d love to have you with us for the new season – doesn’t matter if you sing high or low! If you want to see what we do before giving us a try, then come along to the Open Practice at the Methodist Church on Monday 18 September, part of the Hurst Festival. If you’ve got any questions, contact our Secretary, David Redd on 01273 831801. David Redd

NEW TABLE TENNIS GROUP I would like to start-up a Table Tennis Group one afternoon a week in Henfield. This would not be a group for league players, but just a social group for anyone whether experienced or not – all would be welcome. Please call Joyce on 01273 494352. Joyce Lucking

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WHERE DO YOUR DONATIONS GO? HART has been so fortunate over the last 12 or so years to have had the wonderful, enthusiastic and generous support of Henfield and district residents, clubs, societies and businesses. The public have put money in collection tins, entered quizzes, bought raffle tickets and calendars and sponsored our First Responders when they have climbed mountains and kayaked across Scotland. All sorts of organisations, both companies and clubs/societies, have run special events in aid of HART, or made things to sell on behalf of HART. We are so grateful. But where does all that money go? Well, we regularly have to buy equipment and clothing for our wonderful team of volunteer First Responders, and we also (sometimes with financial help from a local organisation), buy defibrillators to put in local sites that are available to members of the public (we call these PAD sites – Public Access Defibrillators), and these and their cabinets cost between £1000 and £1400 on average. Defibrillators have a limited life unfortunately, and we have just had to buy a staggering 20 of these! After a fantastic response to our appeal during December and January, we have 10 enthusiastic new First Responders undergoing lengthy training and these will need their own defibrillators in the not too distant future. None of what we do could of course happen without the financial support we regularly get locally, and we want to say a big thank you to everyone for this. Martin Tooth, Chairman, HART

ICONIC HOUSE SOLD IN HENFIELD ‘The Cat House’, one of Henfield’s more quirky houses, recently found itself on the market. Situated in Church Street, it is a unique Grade II listed thatched cottage with many original features, including exposed wall and ceiling timbers, latched internal doors and an inglenook fireplace with a bread oven and salt drier.

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The property is situated at Pinchnose Green, so called because there used to be a tannery nearby and the process of tanning produced unpleasant odours. This house is also subject to an interesting piece of local history. It was once owned by Robert Ward who had a pet Canary. Legend has it that the bird was killed by a cat belonging to the Anglican Canon Nathaniel Woodard who lived at nearby Martyn Lodge. Ward was incensed by this and painted his house with pictures of a cat holding a bird that would be seen by the Canon every time he walked past on his way to the Church. He also rigged up strings of sea shells to rattle, and a figure would appear at a small window called the Zulu hole when the Canon approached. This is also how the ‘The Cat and Canary’ Public House got its name. Cat House was sold by H. J Burt of Henfield & Steyning, who are celebrating 130 years of local estate agency this year. They reported, unsurprisingly, an unprecedented amount of interest in the property, prior to it going under offer. Robert Turner

DOVE NURSERY NEWS At Dove Nursery we have been enjoying a lot of Julia Donaldson books such as ‘Room on a Broom’ and ‘The Gruffalo’ so we decided to write to Julia. Jackson pictured in the photo took on the task of writing a beautiful letter inviting Julia to Dove Nursery for a visit and to maybe read the children a story. He was surprised when a letter arrived for him. Julia had written him a special card, unfortunately she was unable to visit but she sent him and the other children lots of stickers with illustrations from her books on them. Everyone was happy with the lovely stickers. If you would like more information please contact Vivian at or ring 01273 492990 during opening times. Vivian Ruffett | 1 7

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OUTDOOR ADVENTURES FOR UNDER-FIVES ACROSS SUSSEX Sussex Wildlife Trust’s Nature Tots groups of outdoor family fun, building confidence and a love of the natural world in children aged 3-5, are back in September. The children will explore the woodland, meadows or coast with stories, games and woodcraft activities: From den building to nature art; making mud monsters with twig hair and leaf teeth, there is something for everyone. They will find out all about their local wildlife and how to care for it with handson activities such as pond dipping, bug hunting and making bird feeders or winter homes for insects.

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Under close supervision by qualified Forest School staff and trained volunteers, the children learn to clamber over fallen trees or use traditional woodworking tools such as bow saws and drills to make their own wooden wheels or medallions. Sessions are themed around the changing seasons and this autumn we will be squishing blackberries to make smoothies, caching acorns and having a go at Hapa Zome (the Japanese art of beating up leaves with a mallet to decorate cloth). Nature Tots parent and child groups now run Horsham, Brighton, Crawley and Woods Mill nature reserve in Henfield. For further information and online booking, please visit

THE LOXWOOD JOUST 2017 Loxwood Joust is on the 5th, 6th, 12th and 13th August and is a fantastic family fun day out of mediaeval revelry and mayhem. Watch as your young knights and princesses jump every time the cannons fire and let tales of past battles capture their imaginations. Will they help the Knight Marshall to control his knights in the all action jousting tournament? And, which will be their favourite, have-a-go archery, sword school, pelt the peasant or getting up close to the graceful high-flying hawks?

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AUGUST 2017 | News Out and about in the recreated mediaeval battle can visit your local library from Saturday 15 July to camp there will be fully armoured knights showing start borrowing books and earning rewards. what life was like at that time. Traders and Sallyanne Burgess hawkers will be selling a range of specialist goods in the mediaeval market place and companies of wandering minstrels will keep you entertained with plays, singing and dancing. Visit “The Torture Zone in the Woodland” where you’ll find The Executioner putting his new rack to use and revel in his gory tales of torture. And, at “The Mediaeval Gaming Zone” you can try your hand at Tafl – a strategy game from the Viking era. Loxwood joust is located in Loxwood Meadow, West Sussex, off the B2133 near Billingshurst.

HENFIELD LIBARY NEWS The summer holidays will soon be upon us and once again your library can help with keeping children entertained during the long, hot days! The Summer Reading Challenge is free for everyone and offers rewards for children as they read library books during the holidays. New this year, you can sign-up for the challenge online in a few minutes, giving more time to choose the best books when you visit the library. To register online you need a parent or carer’s email address and a library card for each child taking part. Once you’re registered we will send you a confirmation email and then you

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THE BULL UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP After16 years owning The Bull Inn at Mockbridge and having created one of the most popular pizza pubs in Sussex, Brian and Zoe Snell are finally hanging up their aprons and retiring from the very hectic job of publican restaurateurs. Fans of their incredibly popular pizzas don’t need to panic, because father and daughter team Andrew and Kirsty Clough are taking over - Kirsty will be familiar to regulars because she’s worked there for seven years, most recently as manager. Brian said; “A lot has happened since we took the business on all those years ago, we’ve made great friends and we’ve employed some really lovely young people from the village who have worked with us time and time again. We’ve even had two marriages between staff - that’s not a bad record! We’d like to thank all our staff and customers over the years, it’s been great fun and we appreciate their support.” We wish Zoe and Brian a well-earned break, and the best of luck to Andrew and Kirsty! Editor

STATEMENT FROM HENFIELD HUB The Henfield Hub Board is delighted to confirm the statement issued by its ‘parent organisation’, Henfield Community Partnership, that the time is now right for the Hub to break out on its own as an independent organisation. The HCP’s decision follows the submission of a detailed 52 page report given to HCP by the Hub at the end of April, outlining all that has been done in the past and the Board’s vision for its future growth. We would like to warmly thank Henfield Community Partnership for its support in the past. The Henfield Hub Board

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TOTTINGTON WOODLANDERS Heavy Horse Logging and Woodlands Craft Day SATURDAY 19 AUGUST


ell, who’d have thought it back in 1992 – 25 years old! This seemed to us to warrant a little celebration, so we decided to organise the snappily titled day mentioned above, which is generally in keeping with our ethos … and, after all, who doesn’t like heavy horses? Horse-logging is the sensitive way of removing felled wood from woodland as it leaves very little damage, does not compact the soil and a horse can get to areas that are inaccessible to large machinery. Dan Brown will be bringing his lovely Comtois horse ‘Tookie’ down from up near Dorking to haul trees that were felled last winter to be sawn on-site by Woodlouse Industries from Horsham. This will be a rare opportunity to see man and horse skilfully going about this centuries old practice; no noise and fumes, just the creak and jingle of harness and hitch and quiet commands to the horse. The wood will then be used to build a variety of things for use in our woods and across Sussex – benches, gate posts, bird boxes, chairs, stools, etc. - whatever we can turn our hand to. For added interest we have arranged for a display of various woodland-associated crafts in the small glade in the centre of the wood. Visitors will be 2 4 | B N 5 M A GA ZINE

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undertake more of the heavier woodland work and have significantly reduced the top canopy at the far end of the wood, not only to create the wood for this anniversary event but also to reduce the top canopy to the recommended cover of about 20%. Jays and squirrels will help restock the area. The whole business of woodland management cannot be a short-term outlook, one is always looking five to fifty years down the line to see the outcome of today’s activity. Our work parties meet every Sunday morning during winter months. A short walk through the woods in the spring will reveal a stunning display of wild flowers and during the summer butterflies and damselflies constantly attract one’s eye. We also have nightingales in the wood as well as all the common garden visitors, jays, moorhens, buzzards and a rookery. Anyway, we would love to see you on our 25th anniversary on Saturday 19th August, but please keep dogs on a lead for obvious reasons. Entry is free. 11am onwards. Find out more on our website at www. or see our Friends of Tottington Woods Facebook page. Frank Wright B N5 M AG AZ I NE | 2 5

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ocal lifesaving responders HART (Henfield Area Response Team) and Henfield Firefighters were involved in a dramatic rescue associated with a near-drowning incident on the River Adur on 10 June. Local knowledge, twinned with the off-road capabilities of the HART Land Rover, proved invaluable in the saving of a young man’s life. HART responder Sandra Parsons was on call that Saturday afternoon at 6pm when a ‘Category A - R1’ text came through on her phone. The ambulance service grade calls to first responders according to their perceived severity – and an R1 is the most serious. HART often try to respond in pairs, especially to life-endangered calls, so Sandra collected her colleague Kas Fletcher enroute to the response. The incident was described as a ‘potential river drowning’, and the location noted as Hillside, Small Dole. Saving vital minutes, Sandra and Kas realised the location was incorrect and made their way the opposite side of the road towards the River Adur. First on the scene they found the person who had called 999. This young man’s friend had apparently been swept away in the tidal river; it had been some 45 minutes since his friend had entered the water and he had been unable to drag him out against the flow of the current and the steep, muddy bank. Sandra and Kas were closely followed by Henfield Fire Brigade and an ambulance, then police and a specialist rapid water rescue team. Andy Tullett and his colleague Hugo Healy, Firefighters from Henfield, joined Sandra and Kas as they searched the river downstream; Andy and Hugo scouring from one bank while Sandra, Kas and the rapid water rescue team on the far bank. Firefighters Jim Mundy and Darren Ware checked the northern river. Sandra said; “It soon became apparent that the flow of the tidal river was very strong and we

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ran downstream frantically searching for the young man. Luckily both Kas and I are keen runners, in fact Kas had run 12 miles with the Henfield Joggers just that morning. I’m afraid I was only wearing summer sandals so I was hardly prepared for a four-mile run, but when a shout happens we tend to drop everything and just go!” Two fire engines and a Coastguard team were waiting at Kings Barn Lane, Steyning. At this point, the young man had been in the water for over two hours, they braced themselves for the possibility of being met with a body to recover rather than rescue. As they rounded the corner almost at Upper Beeding, Andy and Hugo saw a figure in the river. After assisting him from the water they discovered that against all odds the young man was indeed alive, albeit with very low blood pressure, suffering from cold, confusion and water in his lungs. Kas said; “The utter relief to discover that the young man was still alive was incredible. We had begun to fear the worst, knowing the length of time he’d been in the water. We are really pleased that we could get to the scene quickly and be part of the all-Henfield team of rescuers. It shows how important the 4-wheel drive capabilities of the HART vehicle are, it’s thanks to local people’s ongoing support that we can help save lives.” Sandra and Kas ended up exhausted, scratched and stung, but overwhelmingly relieved that they had not been faced with a tragic end to their story. We believe the young man got into difficulties as he attempted to cross the river. Thanks to the team of retained Fire-fighters at Henfield Fire Station and two HART responders, a young man’s life was saved. We are very proud and grateful to have HART and a great team of retained Firefighters in Henfield - it’s a real reminder of the value of local knowledge. Emma Osman

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ne of the great delights of working at BN5 magazine is the range of interesting people that I meet. David Sayers, who many of you may know through his involvement in the Evangelical Free Church, is one such wonderful person: a more kind, generous, polite and thoughtful gentleman it would be hard to find. So when we heard that David had been nominated to receive a British Empire Medal we were truly delighted. David has lived in Henfield all his life. He was born in 1931 and lived at Lashmars Farm until 1937 when his father died and the family moved to Croft Villas. He attended Henfield Boys School and then Steyning Grammar School, after which he undertook his RAF National Service. David spent his career with British Railways, starting at Dorking and working at various locations for 38 years. Christianity has always been a major part of David’s life. He attended the Neptown Mission Hall (the Tin Tabernacle) as a child and made a personal Christian commitment when he was 13 years old. In 1948 the Neptown Mission became part of the Congregational Church (now known as the Evangelical Free Church) on the High Street and David has been heavily involved with it ever since, and was supported tirelessly by his wife Barbara. Not only has he served as organist for 63 years (and is still going strong!), but also as a deacon for 55 years and secretary for 13 years! He has been involved in various youth work over the years including acting as Sunday School leader and running children’s clubs and annual camps. When he retired from the Railways, he opened the ‘bookshop’ in the church serving teas to the people of the village.

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If his community work with the church wasn’t already enough, David also acted as village litter warden for Henfield Parish Council for 22 years, a job which he enjoyed, especially strimming and keeping clear the footpaths. David now goes in to Red Oaks and Upper Mead care homes to play the piano and arrange the weekly Christian service and often finds himself older than many of the residents! David was nominated for the British Empire Medal by his daughter Linda Clark, who, along with his other three children Paul, Mark and Howard and his 10 grandchildren, is rightly proud of his achievements. Andrew Lawton, Pastor of Henfield Evangelical Church, said of David: “The congregation of Henfield Evangelical Free Church is very proud of David and sincerely believe that the honour being bestowed upon him is deserved recognition for his many years of faithful Christian service to his community. David is a humble man of faith who has never sought accolades for his work, but simply desires to share the love of God through his selfless contributions to the life of Henfield Village and beyond.” Here at BN5 magazine we are also very proud of David and delighted that his community work in the village (both within the church and outside it), have been recognised and we would like to leave the last word to him as it sums him up perfectly: “I cannot think of any other place I would have liked to spent my 85 years than in the village of Henfield, I trust the village will remain the friendly place it has been.” Sarah Butler

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hildren from St Peter’s Primary have been spending some special time at the Henfield Haven recently, playing games with Thursday Club members, serving lunches, chatting, helping and having fun. The idea came from a conversation between members of the Haven committee and Stephen McCulley, Headteacher at St Peter’s, who saw it as an opportunity for the children to learn more about The Haven, get involved with older generations and give something back to their community. “It’s a perfect opportunity to help with the children’s communication skills. They really enjoy the experience and can learn an awful lot from the older generation,” said Stephen. When I arrived to take photos, year 5 student Ed was deeply engrossed in a game of fastpaced chess with David “Johnny” Walker. Johnny comes to The Haven for lunch and company on a Thursday, he’s actually an ex-England chess champion so he was really giving Ed a run for his money! He explained to Ed how he had once played 30 simultaneous games, and gave Ed some useful tips to improve his game. Outside Laughter Yoga was underway. Lily, also in year 5, explained how she would usually have a PE and RE lesson so spending time having a chat with some of the older generation made an interesting change from the usual school day. For more information on the Henfield Haven call 01273 494747 or just pop in for lunch or coffee! Emma Osman

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ainbows are the youngest section of the Girlguiding family, aged 5-7. Girls often move up to Brownies and then Guides. Rainbows first started in 1987, so this is a very special year of celebrations. Rainbows in Henfield began in 1988. As part of the 30th year celebrations Rainbows are taking part in a special Rainbow Challenge called ‘Hats off to Rainbows’, looking at different careers from a policeman to a builder, anyone who wears a hat and getting a badge for their hard work to celebrate their Birthday. In our County, there is going to be a very large event - with 40 units, that means a lot of Rainbows! It will be a fun day with a magic man, dance mats, crafts, and games, finishing off with cake and a camp fire sing along. In Henfield, Rainbows meet on a Monday 4.155.30pm and a Tuesday 4.00-5.15pm. In their weekly meeting, the girls learn though play, with activities, crafts, games, cooking, songs and dancing. There is so much we try to fit into an evening for them. We usually take the Rainbows out and about locally once a term, whether it`s to the fire station, the library, a walk in the woods or a treasure map to follow, finding local places of interest within the village. The girls and their parents who sometimes come along to help love it. Once a term a visitor is invited to talk to the girls, this term we have a lovely lady who is a dentist, in the past we have had ‘owls about town’, K9 protection (guide dogs), and many others. Girlguiding really helps with their confidence, usually during the first few weeks they are so quiet, but after a while they realise how much fun it is that the change in them is fantastic to see. They have so much fun, that when it’s time to move on to Brownies, some just want to stay, but moving on is another great adventure. Our opening song each week is based on the Rainbow jigsaw which sets out the bases of our program, it goes like this: ‘Look at the world around, Learn everything you’ve found, Laugh as you go along, Love this world of ours, Look, Learn, Laugh, Love, Rainbows have begun, we’re all here now, come and join the fun.’ If you are interested in joining us, please visit the web site of where a link will guide you to which section and location you are interested in. Help is always needed, many hands make light work. All the leaders and helpers volunteer their time, it is a pleasure to do so, and as adults we get as much from Girlguiding as the girls do. Barbara Carroll Assistant leader to 2nd Henfield Rainbows & Girlguiding Sussex Central County Rainbow Coordinator

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Henfield Festival of Gardens and Arts - a reflection after the event


enfield’s Festival of Gardens and Arts took place over the weekend of Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June. Much gardening, making and rehearsing had taken place in the preceding weeks. Fortunately following a few days of wind and rain, the weekend dawned with sunshine and it was set to be fair for the event. The village awoke to find knitting and crocheting adorning fences, trees and seats. We’d been ‘yarn bombed’ by a dedicated anonymous group of village crafts women but it added a great talking point to the festival. The judging of the shop windows that had been decorated to reflect the Festival’s gardens, arts and music took place early on Saturday. We are grateful to our judges, Malcolm Eastwood, Deacon Seamus and Emma Osman who had the hard job of finding the winner amongst some clever and colourful entrants. White Mischief took first place with a wedding window full of flowers and dresses, Jasmines floral window took second place, the amazing scarecrows outside Full of Beans took third place and Alice’s Dog grooming and Hamfelds took the Highly commended and Commended places. Well done to all of them and thank you to everyone that took part. At 11am on Saturday the gardener’s opened their gates and the weekend began. The village buzzed with people throughout the weekend viewing delightful gardens. Music was enjoyed and could be heard floating over hedges and the quality of the art work was stunning. Our venues providing refreshments had to stock up frequently as much tea and cake were consumed. The festival may have closed to the sounds of 4 2 | B N 5 M A GA ZINE

the Muskrat Ramblers at Red Oaks but for the committee the work continues as we collect in the many donations made by the public at our venues. Money has been collected for our three nominated causes, the Library, the Warren Playgroup and The Youth Club in the blue pots and many of our venues also collected for causes close to their hearts. Our ethos has always been about the public making a donation in response to something they’ve enjoyed and we’ve never endorsed organised fund raising as part of the event. We look forward to presenting cheques to our causes later this Summer. Malcolm Eastwood Chair of the Parish Council said: “I would like to thank everyone who contributed to this years Gardens & Arts Festival. These things only happen with months of planning and hard work but the results are self evident when they deliver an event which brings people to enjoy our village from far and wide. The last word though has to go to those people who opened their gardens, homes and premises to display a wide range of plants, art, crafts and music - my thanks to all of you and well done”. Our next event is the AGM in November where we welcome you to come and help us plan for next year and reflect on this year. We will also be looking for new gardens to join our regulars from January 2018 – keep an eye on our website for further information - Thank you to everyone that made this year’s event so successful and we look forward to next year’s event on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June 2018. Suzanne Fisher

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